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Cruising has undergone an interesting development over the past century, from the spectacular expeditions to the mega-ship's proliferation to Antarctica, with outrageous features such as roller coasters and robot bartenders on the high seas. Today, there are a whole range of sailings spanning these two categories — and many more, from intimate river ships exploring historic Europe, to adventure expeditions in the Galápagos, to intimate, yacht-like experiences that feature luxury. Are the last. And while 2020 has been a strange year for cruises, we're never too curious about where you've been, what you love, and who you've been with during the past year to be able to raise . For our 33rd Annual Readers' Choice Awards survey, here are the cruise lines you love the most, proving our theory that there is a cruise for everyone.

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1 Mega Ship Line: MSC Cruises

Although MSC is headquartered in Landlock Switzerland, this cruise line has mastered the art of mega-ships, building five of the world's 25 largest regions: MSC Grandiosa, MSC Bellissima, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaview, and MSC Seaside. Each can hold between 5,300 and 6,300 passengers at maximum capacity. MSC Grandiosa is the newest of the five, offering innovative features such as Zoe, an artificial intelligence-driven virtual assistant that can give you any questions or requests on board, as well as impressive entertainment like the third set of Cirque du Soleil. (MSC is the first and second in Meraviglia and MSC Bellissima). But on all five ships, you'll find everything from top-dining options to bowling alley to copious outdoor spaces to sunbathe. MSC also has some plans for mega-growth: it has another Marviglia-plus class ship and four world-class mega-ships in the pipeline, each with a capacity of between 5,800 and 6,850 passengers.

Cruising to Alaska
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2 Mega Ship Line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Known for its colorful ships, the Norwegian Cruise Line first entered the mega-ship category in 2010 with the launch of the Norwegian Epic, which could carry more than 5,000 passengers during its entire engagements, and since then five. Others have been offered classes at Breakaway and Breakaway-Plus. Crowds aboard these ships, which mainly sail in North America, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean Sea, are often families that take advantage of facilities such as waterpark, virtual-reality gaming and go-kart racing, although most of the cruise line New ship. Norwegian Bliss has a decidedly more mature environment. In November 2019, Norwegian launched Norwegian Encore, the newest member of its fleet, the most luxurious of its mega-ships.

3 Mega Ship Line: Royal Caribbean International

If you really want to feel like you are living in a floating city, then Royal Caribbean is a cruise line for you, given that it is the four largest cruise ships in the world. The Symphony of the Seas, Harmon of the Seasons, Allure of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas topped the lists in terms of passenger count (about 6,700 at full capacity), length (about 1,200 feet long), and gross tonnage (at most). is. 225,000 tons). Given their size, these ships give you every feature you can think of - and many more you can't even imagine - from water splashes to world-class musical productions, from robots to staff Double-decker suites with slides for children. You will find these behemoths of Caribbean and Mediterranean sailing throughout the year, but with so many activities on board, you might not even want to leave the ship.

4 Large Shit: Costa Cruises

Italian cruise line Costa Cruises, which operates under parent company Carnival, has quite a history: It was founded in 1854 as a cargo shipping company, transporting olive oil and textiles around the world. Transferring to the leisure cruise side of the business in 1959, Costa now operates 17 ships—the majority of which accommodate between 2,800 and 5,300 passengers—that sail all over the world, with two more scheduled to join the fleet by the end of 2021.

The Independence of the Seas cruise ship off the coast of the Cayman Islands.
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5 Large Ship: MSC Cruises

Nearly half of MSC’s fleet—namely those ships in the Musica and Fantasia classes—falls into the large cruise category, with its newer builds firmly taking a “bigger is better” stance. The eight large vessels primarily sail in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, though they do offer itineraries in North and South America, Asia, and Northern Europe, too. The family-friendly ships skew on the upscale side, and they’re known for their incredibly international crowds.